Hells Canyon National Recreation Area


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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Address:88401 Hwy 82
Enterprise, OR 97828

Phone:541-426-5546
Fax:541-426-5522
Web: www.fs.fed.us/hellscanyon
Size: 652,488 acres.
Location:Northeast corner of Oregon and western Idaho. Accessible by OR 39, 86; ID 29, 71. Nearby towns include Joseph and Enterprise, OR, and Riggins and Grangeville, ID.
Facilities:36 campground/picnicking areas, trails (819 miles), boat launch sites, scenic overlooks and drives, lookout tower.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, guided river tours (concession operated).
Special Features:North America's deepest river gorge encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate, and vegetation. Carved by the Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim and 8,000 feet below He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains. No roads cross Hells Canyon's 10-mile wide expanse, and only three roads lead to the Snake River between the Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington state line. Includes the Snake, Imnaha, and Rapid wild and scenic rivers. Hells Canyon NRA is part of Wallowa-Whitman, Nez Perce, and Payette national forests (see separate entries in this section).

See other parks in Oregon.
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DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE HELLS CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA I-2 (Feb.
The 652,488-acre Hells Canyon National Recreation Area - which is within the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest - was officially "saved" in 1975, when its designation by Congress ended a quarter-century push by utility companies to build a 600-foot-high dam in North America's deepest canyon.